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Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
6,270
Tuition
$22,683
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Academics: You really should inquire about what professors are good for what course because believe me, there aren't much choices already and the process of trying to get into a class is a hassle enough. But for the unfortunate students who learned the hard way, a lot of the professors are unorganized and difficult. In terms of the registration process, if you don't have holds on your account, register as early as you can because the override process is an even bigger hassle because administration will give you the run around and not one office will give you the same answer on how to take care of something. The earlier the better is my motto in dealing with what you can yourself so you don't have to have the misfortune of dealing with administration.

5 College Student

Academics: The school is located in the capitol of the united states, so everything I could possibly dream of is in our backyard. I literally have every tool possible to succeed in my studies down the street. it is a great way to be more hands-on with the learning of politics, not to mention how beautiful Washington D.C is in general. I see myself visiting the capitol and coming in to meet with my state senators and discussing important matters in our country. interning would give me even more hands-on experience with my dream job. maybe i'll be lucky enough to meet the president too.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Professors that I have had the chance to study under are legendary in their professional fields of study. The registration process for classes is tedious but nonethless, good customer service to the students. My workload at Howard University has been very manageable even with me working a part-time job.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are pretty good with interesting teachers.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Being in my major is great because there are so many opportunities available. We also have notable alumni who are always offering advice.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 895th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 1058th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 1097th
    Best Course Variety
  • 1201st
    Best Online Course Options
  • 1374th
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kali Stewart
Hometown
Orange County, California
Major
Radio, Television & Film
Grad Year
2015
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Howard is unique in the sense that most of your education comes from outside the classroom, but there are classes that are beneficial to the real world, such as Networking 101. Actual academic courses do not tend to be more than the average student can bear with proper time management and study skills. To be a successful student at Howard, time management is a must. Most students are involved with activities outside of their classes, and to maintain a stable GPA, you must develop a strong study plan. Another must is relationship development. Most teachers here want you to get the best GPA you can, but with that you have to go to class and make yourself known. Many of the professors are quite understanding and approachable, so fostering a relationship with them is not hard. You have to remember that no one is going to help the student who only shows up on the first day and test days. Hailing from across the globe, many of your professors will reflect their various cultural backgrounds within their teaching styles. There will be teachers who expect nothing less than excellence from you and will not settle for anything less because you are a Howard University scholar first and foremost. Almost all of your classes will be relatively small and easy for your teachers to realize who does and does not come to class. Lecture classes such as psychology, sociology, and science will often seat up to 100 students in a class. Overall, it is fair to say that Howard offers education that starts in the classroom and expands far beyond the campus.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
637
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
187
Total FT Faculty
1,021
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Average Faculty Salary
$78,845
Full-Time Retention Rate
81%
Part-Time Retention Rate
22%
Transfer-Out Rate
3%
Graduation Rate
63%
Programs/Majors Offered
105
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 63%
  • 20 to 49 students: 33%
  • 50 or more students: 4%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering, Architecture, & Computer Science
  • College of Nursing & Allied Health Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Communications
  • School of Education
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Law: 3%
  • Medicine: 2%
  • Social Work: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • African American studies
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Science (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed majors
Best Places to Study
  • Founders Library
  • The Health and Science Library
  • Undergraduate Library (UGA) lower levels
Tips to Succeed
  • Always make copies of everything.
  • Cultivate consistent study habits. For instance, complete the assigned readings before you come to class because when your professor says you're responsible for the information, you had better believe they're not kidding.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • Make sure your professor knows who you are.
  • Never take professors' understanding and accommodating attitude for granted.
  • Plan a schedule you can comfortably work with.
  • Take advantage of your professor's office hours.
  • Visit your adviser regularly.
  • Your experience with a class will be different from your friends. Your success is contingent on you.
Did You Know?
  • Howard University was ranked second among the top Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • In addition to academic reinforcement programs set up by the University, some professors have Peer-Led Team Learning programs set up to help students who have trouble keeping their grades up.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 93 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 94 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 12 responses

  • 29% Thurgood Marshall - first African American U.S. Supreme Court justice
  • 20% Zora Neale Hurston - author
  • 17% Debbie Allen - dancer, choreographer, director, actress
  • 17% Phylicia Rashad - actress
  • 11% Dr. Ossie Davis - producer, director, actor
  • 3% Richard Parsons - president of AOL/Time Warner
  • 3% Taraji P Henson

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